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If Colin Kaepernick is not geared up for the biggest game of his young life, he has fooled us all. His cold stare since Wednesday suggests a lion a member of the Pitman Pride, perhaps? staring down a wildebeest dinner in the Serengeti.
David Young, graying beard tumbling down below his chin, patiently waters the vegetable and fruit garden on a plot of land where a house once stood in the Ninth Ward, the New Orleans suburb devastated by Hurricane Katrina 7½ years ago. If anyone demonstrates the ongoing and grassroots restoration happening here, it is Young, a retired police chief from Indiana. "I was called to to do this," he said. He is the founder of Capstone, a teen jail ministry that has done much good for an area that still needs help. A visit Saturday revealed the scars and the sadness inflicted on the Ninth Ward. One abandoned home bore a white X near the front door, meaning the authorities who inspected it found no more dead bodies. Conversely, the scene also illustrated the continuing bounceback. New Orleans' population, about 500,000 before Katrina, dipped to about 300,000 after the disaster. Today, it's crept up to about 400,000. Today marks the first Super Bowl in the Big Easy since the catastrophe. New Orleans is a city armed with too much life to destroy.
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Before the 46-member selection committee meets Saturday to choose the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class for 2013, there's something Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and other former 49ers would like to say on behalf of their former owner.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that his city is pushing back many Mardi Gras events to next week so they won't clash with the Super Bowl and further stress an already thin police force. That's a good idea. Name another city where the Super Bowl would receive second billing.
I can't imagine how the Harbaugh family will survive Sunday. Last year was bad enough when both coaching brothers, Jim of the 49ers and John of the Ravens, lost heartbreaking championship games on the same day.
Daniel Lurie turned a corner in the French Quarter and came face-to-face with his potential future. It was a giant painted football, alongside a row of stages for various television networks, one looked over by a large Mardi Gras clown statue.
The image was like a time machine to 1982.
Friday at the Super Bowl began with a joint press conference featuring the Harbaugh brothers Baltimore coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh.
Colin Kaepernick has arrived. No, not at the Super Bowl. In a milk mustache ad. Today's issue of USA Today features a photo of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
Watching some of this week's Super Bowl hype brings back memories for Bee staff writer Jeff Jardine.
To 49ers quarterbacks coach George Patrick "Geep" Chryst, the overnight-sensation portion of the Colin Kaepernick story is legitimate if somewhat misleading.
The San Francisco 49ers' final connection to their Super Bowl years is not afraid to play that 5-0 card.
Gil Brandt has been evaluating talent and shaping the NFL game for about a half-century.
Led by the likes of linebackers Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, the Baltimore Ravens are loud and passionate on the field and often make waves with their words afterward.
Join the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows for a live online chat from New Orleans, site of the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
A collection of all of Ron Agostini's video as he reports from New Orleans, site of the Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.
NEW ORLEANS Some teams see a visit to the Super Bowl as a business trip. Jim Harbaugh wants his 49ers to look at it as if they're going back to school.
John Brenkus has a laboratory in Burbank. His most impressive breakthrough to date: Colin Kaepernick. When Brenkus tabulated the results, it wasn't Cam Newton who would be the No. 1 pick that April on top.
Colin Kaepernick nearly needed a crowbar to wedge himself through the cluster of gathered media. His place was reserved in the eye of the storm.
Kneeling on a stool in the locker room, 49ers safety Donte Whitner glances up at the laminated poster above his stall and, for a moment, he is wistful.
Shortly after Colin Kaepernick and his San Francisco 49ers teammates return from the Super Bowl, another campaign will start, one that will introduce the sporting world to Colin Kaepernick Inc.
Chicago Cubs scout Sam Hughes watches Colin Kaepernick nowadays and still wonders what the strong-armed NFL quarterback might look like on a pitching mound, as a power arm in the pros.
Colin Kaepernick Fever is spreading in Reno, where the Pitman High School graduate starred at Nevada. Fans are getting behind the 49ers quarterback as he leads his team into the Super Bowl.